New Samsung Galaxy On7 and On5 show the company takes its budget Android smartphones more seriously

New Samsung Galaxy On7 and On5 show the company takes its budget Android smartphones more seriously
Two days ago, word got out that Samsung is about to release two new handsets and simultaneously debut a new Galaxy brand. The devices in question are the Galaxy On5 and On7, a pair of affordable smartphones that don't have 'budget' written all over them. Well, Samsung just listed the On7 on its Chinese website, and its header image happens to show the On5 as well, thus making both smartphones' existence official!

Styled in Samsung's modern design language (while borrowing the faux leather from the Note 3 days) and featuring not too shabby hardware, the On5 and On7 show Samsung treats its low-end smartphone line-up with more respect, now that the market for premium Android devices has stalled. Strangely, only the Galaxy On7 has been fully detailed on the website, but there's a high probability that the smartphones share the bulk of their hardware features. Still, let's not speculate until we have the On5's actual spec sheet on our hands.

Now, moving onto the On7, the dual-SIM smartphone measures 5.97 x 3.05 x 0.32in (151.8 x 77.5 x 8.2mm) and weights 6.06oz (172g). It has a 5.5-inch 720p resolution TFT display and is powered by a quad-core 1.2GHz CPU (possibly the Exynos 3745) with 1.5GB of RAM and 8GB of expandable storage memory (with 4.9GB available to users). There's a 13MP main camera and 5MP front camera setup on it, and a 3000mAh battery powers the mains. Connectivity-wise, the device supports 2G and 3G (GSM, CDMA, UMTS), as well as 4G (TDD & FDD LTE) networks, along with Wi-Fi 802.11 b / g / n, Bluetooth 4.1, GPS, Glonass, and Beidou.

Also of note is that Samsung now details how much storage each factory pre-installed application occupies, and probably lets users uninstall so called 'bloatware' apps as needed. This happens after the Shanghai Consumer Rights Protection Commission sued Samsung and fellow smartphone maker Oppo over the presence of non user-removable software.

Release dates and prices for the On7 and On5 are yet to be revealed, but it is expected the phones will hover somewhere below the $200 mark, at least in China. Although it's certainly nice to see Samsung upgrade its low-end offerings in the design and hardware departments, we doubt the Koreans' move is bold enough to whisk away attention from the $125 Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 in China. Then again, that kind of value for money ratio is hard to match for most of Xiaomi's competitors.


source: Samsung via SamMobile

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